Since 2015, Mitchell Hibdon has shown exceptional dedication and resilience throughout his involvement with Special Olympics Washington. Though Hibdon originally began his journey with Special Olympics as a bowler, it did not take long before he discovered his true passion: powerlifting.
With the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin fast approaching, Hibdon committed to working tirelessly with his coach, not just learning what it means to succeed in powerlifting, but also learning how to follow direction and get the most out of his training.
Outside of the time that he spent training, though, Hibdon also dedicated himself to People First of Washington, an organization that focuses on assisting and empowering individuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves. Their mission of helping everyone recognize the importance of viewing individuals with disabilities as capable people first, and their disabilities second, became yet another driving force behind Hibdon’s commitment to his sport.
Upon learning that he was one of just two athletes representing Special Olympics Washington at the 2023 World Games, Hibdon set his sights even higher. He was determined not just to compete, but to excel in his sport—and excel he did.
By the conclusion of the World Games, Hibdon had earned the bronze medal in the deadlift, silver medal in the bench press and bronze medals in both the squat and combination events.
Hibdon—bringing home a total of four medals—not only demonstrated incredible strength and determination throughout each of his powerlifting events, but he also wonderfully represented both Washington State and the United States of America at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games.